2008: 49. True History of the Kelly Gang

“By dawn at least half the members of the Kelly gang were badly wounded and it was then then creature appeared from behind police lines.”

True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey

I was reading this as a book a commuting book, and it took me forever to finish it.   It is a pretty good story, an autobiography of Australia’s famous outlaw, written by himself, but it is written in vernacular - as Kelly would write it, and, as such, it took me forever to get through it.  It is artfully done but I just do not enjoy the books written that way.   I appreciate the skill in doing it, but my lord it is a pain to slog through.  That being said, this is quite a book, a telling of an archetypical Australian figure and a central person in Australian history.  Carey makes one understand the outlaw, and sympathize, while not making excuses for what he did.  A good, if challenging read.

Date/Place Completed: 4/3/08; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction; Commuting Book; Booker Prize Project

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017